It is past time to take the automobile experience to the next level. All
automobiles should come equipped with flight sticks on the center console.
HP already has plenty of technology already available to bring this to life.
We as a culture, are used to Ford bringing new advancements to common life.
The removal of the wheel will reduce injuries, eliminate injuries related to
airbag exhaust and impact with the wheel. The driver's dash will look like
the passenger side with gauges, and the pedals will remain the same, for a
little while anyway.
Next, we can link up to satellites and get back the luxury that we had with
horses. Take me home, take me home, safely... Just say the address and the
luxury transportation pod does the rest. Climate control becomes the biggest
concern of the occupants along with tending to that important phone call,
email, book, DVD, or Satellite broadcast. Welcome to today.
We still need the thrill of speed and race tracks are good places to test
ones driving skills. The safety of the tracks needs much improvement. We
need to incorporate nets instead of concrete and metal. It helps on impact.
Save our test pilots please. I remember a time when we used sand embankments
to slow down the cars. Once we pulled them out of the trees behind the ramp
we decided to upgrade to concrete and metal. Sudden stops, while easier to
sweep up the pieces, also have lethal tendencies for the driver.
Richmond International Raceway is a good example of track size and
configuration. It is only missing the dome, night clubs, hotel, restaurants,
and everything else that makes life a pleasure to live. The fans want it,
and it would be nice to give it to them.
Enter driving schools to learn how to properly operate a vehicle. Start in
the lower classes until safe and responsible performance merits a higher
class. With any luck all drivers will strive for an A and achieve the
absolute goal of safe operation of vehicles.
A racing "legend" was involved in a mishap today. In the process, the oil
line was torn off his car. In the spur of the moment, the driver proceeded
to drive around the track oiling the entire surface making it a nightmare
for other drivers. This was a rookie mistake. The pilot knows this as well.
Fortunately, a responsible driver was also involved who illustrated the
proper way to handle the situation. Bring the vehicle to a stop. Observe the
surroundings. When it is clear to do so pull the vehicle down to the apron,
away from the driving surface. Wait for safety crews to come and contain the
mess. Evacuate the vehicle only if there is clear and present danger or wait
for instructions from the paramedics.
Any type of collision will result in trauma that requires proper training
not common to every one at this time. Remember these "professionals" have
the honor of tutoring the viewers. Believe me, they take these lessons to
the streets. Poor lessons yield poor drivers and unsafe conditions. More
safe drivers are needed to fill the role as instructor.
A topic that should be discussed after every race is how the incidents can
be avoided in the future. Believe it or not, there are many racers watching.
A micro-percentage of which run on the appropriate courses. I stand behind
our commitment to a safe life that is very entertaining, and I hope the rest
of you do as well.
Just some thoughts for those who like to think about what is and what could
Philip G. Charbonneau
Class A CDL Operator and Racer
President and co-founder